Viking QB Kolton Matson Named Gatorade State Player of the Year
Watch: Jayden Limar checks in from Oregon and congratulates the junior signal caller on keeping the high school Heisman in Lake Stevens.
BREAKING — Lake Stevens Viking junior Quarterback Kolton Matson was awarded the Gatorade State Player of the Year Wednesday — nabbing the award given annually to the state’s top player regardless of classification or position.
The award, which (per Gatorade) ‘celebrates the nation’s top high school athletes for excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community’ distinguishes Matson as Washington’s best high school football player.
The two-time state champion beat out a bevy of household-names and four star recruits including Yelm dynamo Brayden Platt (Oregon commit) — a top 50 player overall; O’Dea’s much-ballyhood RB Jason Brown (ASU commit - also a four star) and heavily covered south sound playmakers like G-K QB Daveon Superales and Curtis QB Rocco Koch (Idaho commit).
The award is voted on by coaches, media and industry observers. Matson earned fans across Wesco staffs while leading Lake to a 13th straight Wesco title. Jackson’s head honcho elaborated:
“Kolton is a talented player that you watched grow and develop as the season went on. He’s a big reason the Vikings repeated this year. You could tell that Kolton really put the team on his back,” said Mason Siddick, head football coach at Jackson.